"Outstanding Translation of a Classic"
I'd already read Cryptonomicon, a couple of times, prior to listening to it. I couldn't have been more pleased. Dufris captures the essence of this weighty journey admirably, and his intonation and studied understanding comes across with real heartfelt sympathy for the motley collection of characters and rich locations both historical and contemporary. I couldn't have been happier at the treatment of what I believe to be Stephenson's finest book.
"Verbose, but worth it"
I'm a geek and I enjoyed the technical detail, but elsewhere there were too many rambles with limited payoff. I'd also say there were a few loose ends and the odd detail or explanation lacking. But overall a thoroughly absorbing story.
A note on the narration: it was as good as I have ever heard. the characterisations fit, and the range and consistency of voices was excellent.
"Jumped around too much."
Too many barely related plots. And a very slow start. Definitely no replay potential. Very disappointing.
"Long but worth it!"
Good story, and a prospective on the Second World War from many prospective...
Good insight into the development of modern computing and hacking
"Not just for geeks but study may be necessary."
A tome of knowledge and insight that's worth absorbing slowly over the course of its epic runtime. Sequences of drama amd action are crystalised in Stevensons gripping blockbuster style but the real worth is most often coded into the subtext.
"5 stars all the way..."
Wow! I enjoyed this so much. As anyone who has researched the book at all will have gleaned (with a view to possibly reading it) it is long, and hugely detailed in places it doesn't really need to be. For me the side roads and avenues it explores throughout really added so much to the whole experience. If you want a book to stay on target and not beat around the bush - you possibly will not enjoy this.
William Dufris does a fantastic job of narration. He brings characters to life and absolutely captures intonation and tone brilliantly. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed reading it myself - Dufris adds to the experience immensely. There is a lot of humour in it - and I laughed out loud many times.
Now that it's finished I am somewhat bereft. I enjoyed this substantially more than some other Stephenson work (e.g. Baroque Cycle - although I've only ventured as far as book 1).
Going into so much detail, suprised it ended so abruptly. Still, very interesting & enjoyable.
"Work of art"
This is a really great book. Sure some of it is a bit long and arty but it has covered all bases and I guess that was the one I didn't like. This book has its tough and gentle characters. Funny detailed complicated and depressing moments mixed in together. Well worth a listen if you have 42 hours to spare
"reading big words"
Neal Stephenson has done amazingly, no complaints there.
William Dufris, despite his many excellent talents, doesn't know how to pronounce a lot of words. This seems like a prerequisite for an audiobook. Words from any foreign language or even many words over 3 syllables just got butchered, like he had never said them out loud before.
Please publishing companies: give your performers a pronunciation guide for all the rare, foreign, made up, or difficult words!
"Ambles along too much"
I am a little confused by this book. It seemed to amble along and assume the reader knows what direction it is going to take. Nothing became clear or apparent until the last 3 hours of the book. The first 30 hours just seemed to be the character aimlessly flitting about the world. By the end it all seemed pointless and lost.
There was something about the way the book was written which didn't feel right, the best way I can describe it is that it felt like the book was written by The Comic Book Store Owner from The Simpsons. There always seemed to be that element of geeky sarcasm. The way in which it was narrated was the same.